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April 2005
This Month's Tip:

Kiss Cutting

In kiss cutting, the cutting rule cuts through the top layer of material as shown (1), but just "kisses" the backing substrate (2).
The term "kiss cutting" is often used to describe the process of cutting part way through a given material, as the cutting rule slices one piece but merely "kisses" another. Kiss cutting is used to produce a variety of products, including labels, puzzles and printed paper products with adhesive on the reverse side. This process die cuts through the top page of two attached sheets, as shown,
but leaves the bottom page intact. This backing substrate acts as a carrier for the product, and is generally a silicone material.

Materials tip: Kiss cutting is a process that requires precise pressure control, and a certain amount of cutting through the backing substrate can occur. Selecting a thicker silicone carrier can reduce cutting through this piece.

Peeling from a tab placed in a corner, as shown, will produce better results than peeling from the center, which can cause the product to tear and wrinkle.

Tabs with A-Peel
Many labels can be difficult to remove and can tear if pulled from a less strategic area, such as the center of the long edge. A kiss cut tab on the corner of the backing substrate can allow the end user to easily remove the backing paper and expose the adhesive without tearing the material. "Natural" places such as the corners of the sheet allow users to remove the label with the least resistance. For example, a tab on a 3" by 9" label should be located on a corner and not the middle of the long edge.

Kiss Cut Scores
Kiss cutting is also frequently used to create scores, but unlike crease or steel rule channel scores, kiss scores cut part way through the sheet to weaken the paper and force it to fold more easily. The result is a product that lays flatter and creates less bulk when packaged, but it does have the potential to cut directly through thinner stock. When employing a kiss cut score, always use stocks 12-points thick or more. Kiss cut scores can also expose fibers inside the paper, so this process may not work well with stock that has been covered with dark inks or coatings.

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